No I.D. is one of the most consistent producers in hip-hop and has been an accomplished industry influencer now for 25 years. The Chi-town hitmaker is turning 46 today!

The former Executive Vice President and Head of Creative at Def Jam Recording first came to the fore as the go-to producer for Windy City emcee Common, helming the rapper's acclaimed projects, including Resurrection and Like Water for Chocolate. Born Ernest Wilson, No I.D. is a godfather of Chicago hip-hop; and worked under Jermaine Dupri in the mid-1990s before mentoring fellow Chicago production wiz Kanye West.

Throughout the 2000s, No I.D. would work with superstars Jay-Z, Rhymefest, Big Sean, Killer Mike, Rick Ross, Drake and more. He would serve as president of West's G.O.O.D. Music and founded his own ARTium Recordings imprint under Def Jam. ARTium's roster includes stars like Jhene Aiko, Logic and Vince Staples.

Earlier in June 2017, No I.D. was named the executive vice president of Capitol Music Group. It was also announced that he would be producing the entirety of JAY-Z's forthcoming album, 4:44. 

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